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Is there anything i can do to help an irregular menstrual cycle become regular? it has been almost a year since i last received a depo-provera shot. i have had one cycle about 7months after getting my last shot (which was very heavy). then after i had 2 m

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Many : Many women do not start ovulating until 10 months after stopping Depo-Provera injections. If you are not ovulating regularly, then you will not have a period. Since it has been a year, it is a good idea to see your doctor to investigate the ongoing mentral cycle irregularity by way of pelvic exam. There is nothing you can do, short of taking hormone therapy (like birth control pills) to regulate you cycle, if you are trying to get pregnant. However if you are interested in getting pregnant, you should see your doctor about prenatal care and supplements to help prepare your body for pregnancy.
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Find out why: A GYN MD exam can find out shy the period is irregular. If it was irregular prior to Depo Provera then this may simply be a continuation of that pattern. If not, ovulation may be sporadic at best due to any number of factors including thyroid disorders, ovarian cysts, etc.
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Depo-porvera: I have seen irregular to absent menses post depo-provera. Would get full work up as mentioned including ultrasound for polycystic ovarian syndrome and consider w/u with fertility specialist. Discuss if metformin might help restore periods as it is used in polycystic ovarian syndrome.
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Related questions

A 18-year-old female asked:
I started Depo Provera Sep 27, 2022 and since then I've had a normal menstrual cycle until two weeks ago when it was really short, and light. Is it possible that the shot doesn't work?
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
It is not uncommon that cycle becomes irregular after Depot Provera injection.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Is it bad that i haven't had my menstrual cycle for 4 years do to my Depo-Provera shot?
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
No, that's OK: If you're otherwise doing well on depo-provera, simply not having a period is not a problem.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
I have begun to have abnormal menstrual periods after stopping the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot in 2010. And now I am unable to get pregnant. What can it be?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Needs evaluation: The effects of depo-provera on your body have been out of your system for at least two years. If you've been trying to get pregnant all of this time a... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
I was on Depo-Provera for 14 years went off in march. How long will it take to start my cycle? Can I also get pregnant in the meantime with no menstrual cy
Dr. Dale Kristle
Gynecology 42 years experience
A while: might be up to 6-12 months before a period and yes you can get pregnant before you have a period. You will ovulate prior to your period.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Hi i i've been on the Depo-Provera (birth control shot for about 3 to 4 years i've been on my menstrual for 3 months what can I do to stop it or regulate it?
Dr. Elise Sadoun
Family Medicine 16 years experience
See your doctor: Depo can cause spotting, but 3 months is a bit excessive. I'm not sure how much you are bleeding. You should see your doctor for an exam and diagnosis... Read More
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Last updated Dec 6, 2018

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